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Chapter 62: Southern Nights

Country & country pop

I was not expecting to end up with three Glen Campbell songs in the Anthology, but over the course of its creation I fell in love with his style; mournful, melodic, overlapping more with Brill Building pop than traditional country. These songs are sometimes called ‘countrypolitan,’ a spin on one of today’s favorite anti-left slurs - and I can see why country purists would be annoyed, but this music is gorgeous, dramatic and panoramic. Then again, I’m a city-born coastal elite.
1. Gene Pitney

(The Man Who Shot) Liberty Valance

2. Glen Campbell

Wichita Lineman

3. Patsy Cline

Sweet Dreams (Of You)

4. Vaughn Monroe

Riders In the Sky

5. Glen Campbell

Southern Nights

6. Connie Francis

My Heart Has a Mind of Its Own

7. Lynn Anderson

Rose Garden

8. Glen Campbell

Guess I'm Dumb

9. Patsy Cline


10. John Denver

Take Me Home, Country Roads